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(512) Black IPA - (512) Brewing Company

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(512) Black IPA
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 95
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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(512) Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UTCengOwl on 03-12-2011

An entirely new creation from organic 2-row, organic Crystal 60 and Carafa III, a huskless black malt that gives this beer it’s black color with notes of coffee and chicory without any tannic bitterness. The hop additions are many and generous, featuring Apollo, Horizon, and Nugget, clocking the beer in at 70 IBU. Over 11 pounds per batch of Nugget hops are added directly to the fermenter yielding a resiny herbal and spicy aroma. A hybrid style for dark beer fans who love hops.
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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 95
Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Black w/ no light seeking through at all. 1 finger of foamy head that leaves some incredible lacing.

Smell-When the bartender put this beer in front of me I immediately smelt hops. Floral Hops along with some roasted malts and chocolate. Hints of grapefruit seeking through as well.

Taste-For as much as there is going on in this beer, this beer is very balanced. Upfront you get roasty malts, followed by some big time floral hops and a very clean finish with some sweet chocolate and some slight citrus. This all works really well together. The hops makes it know that they are there, but don't overwhelm you. Very nice drink.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied, not too much carbonation and well balanced.

Overall-Excellent beer. I get the best of both worlds in this beer with the floral hops and with the roasty/chocolate. I hope 512 starts bottling.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Draught House. The website says it's a seasonal... but not what season. Any suggestions on how to list it?

Anyway, this was served in a pint glass. Dark body with brown hues when light would pass through. Decent head retention. Pretty standard for the style and company.

The nose was hops. I'm more of a fruity hops guy, so the floral and earthy character of this beer wasn't the best for me... but I understood where it was coming from.

The taste was also mostly hops. Still earthy and floral. However, they were well balanced. The roastiness came through in a subtle way and complemented the earthy notes. The taste was decent and the beer grew on me as I sipped away. This was highly drinkable and up to the high standards of (512). A good effort in bringing another solid IPA flavor to Texas... even if the blackness seems somewhat gimmicky.

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Photo of Fenris244
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Opal Devine's served in Chimay chalice, I keep getting Chimay chalices for my beer from them... I think they're on to me...

Jet black with a thin light tan head, great retention and some thick lacing

Odd smell, chocolate, roasted malts and hops? Strange indeed, the roasted malt aroma takes a backseat to the chocolate and hops pleasant but odd smell.

Damn, toffee, chocolate and hops all over. The toffee hits first with some chocolatey flavors coming in next and a wave a hops comes in just before the finish and lingers well into it. The coffee flavor shows up but is well dispersed throughout.

Pretty light in body with a smoothness I wasn't expecting, carbonation was adequate.

Overall a pretty good intro for the style, was kinda intimidated by the black IPA thing but was pleasantly surprised by the flavors.

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Photo of pitasoup
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to jenray for the growler.

a: opaque black - fine off white finger of head that lingers

s: pungent american hops - grapefruit and pine. finishes with hint of something bland and mealy, my only association with this is generic white cake, but that's quite on point. apologies for the lack of vocabulary, but this isn't an unpleasant lingering smell

t: grapefruit bitterness. possibly nugget? (had some NN very recently so it's fresh on my mind.) A touch of coffee and smoked malts (similar to dfh chicory.) The finish leaves an interesting play between hop bitterness and dark-malt bitterness.

m: medium body with a lingering finish. very porter like. no roasted barley stickiness but there is a slick mouthfeel. didn't taste oats or smell diacetyl though.

o: i'm still not convinced i like the cda/bipa style, but this is a very good beer. I wouldn't hesitate to order it, and will probably have more than one pour from the growler tonight.

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Photo of jeremy2027
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1. On tap at The Major League Grill in Beaumont, TX

2. Black, Dark Black Awesomeness

3. Coffee, chocolate, Piney hops

4. Rich dark chocolate and coffee that finishes with an awesome hop flavor and aroma.

5. Mouth coating like a great chewy dark brew should.

6. This was my first Black IPA and I am hooked. It was a trip on the senses. You see this beautiful dark beer and first you get the roasted coffee and chocolate then you are hit with piney hoppness that finishes smooth and making you want more. Great beer 512 now send some in bottles to Beaumont.

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Photo of snax
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed for the first time at the (512) Brewing Spring Party 3/19/2011

A - dark black, tan to light brown head, good head stand
S - slight hint of roasted chicory, full hop nose
T - bittersweet/dark chocolate notes
M - well-balanced with surprising lack of tannic bitterness
Overall - Although a bit subdued for an IPA, makes for a great IPA session beer for fans of light-moderate malt backbone with hop fullness in the flavor and aroma.

Organic 2-Row base malt accented by additions of Crystal 60 and Weyermann Carafa III malts contributes to the charred black color and notes of roasted coffee and chicory. Typical tannic bitterness absent. Hop additions include Apollo, Horizon, and Nugget.

70 IBU.

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(512) Black IPA from (512) Brewing Company
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